Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson sat down with our Website Admin Team to speak about his highs and lows of the 2016/17 season in which Broughty finished seventh in the Super League and became winners of the GA Engineering Cup for the first time… Read below what he had to say when questions were put to him…
“Overall I’m generally satisfied with the way the season has gone for us here at Broughty Athletic. As a manager and management team you will always look back and feel that you could have done better but that’s only natural. At the start of the season, our target was to finish higher than our 10th place finish the previous season and to get some silverware. Although we have achieved our targets I felt that if we had some more consistency during the middle part of the season we could have finished in the top four.
The way in which we went out of the Scottish Cup this season, losing 4-0 at home to Sauchie, was the biggest disappointment for me and has probably been the worst performance since I took over 2 and half years ago, we’ve also had a couple of heavy home defeats and these have been the real low points for me this season. As I said overall I’m reasonably satisfied and some of our performances especially at the start and end of the season were excellent. We like to get the ball down and play and at times we were a joy to watch and in particular, our performances away from home were pleasing.
The biggest highlight for me this season was winning the GA Engineering Cup, you saw how much it meant to everyone at the club. Our run was excellent in the competition starting against Brechin Vics away in September, winning 5-1, our form was good and it was rounded off with a great performance and result against Tayport at Tannadice in the final win. The players have worked hard all season and for them to get the reward of a cup win was nice, the player’s attitude has been excellent and I’d like to thank them for their efforts.
I’d also like to thank all of my backroom team Charlie, Tony, Mark, Sandy, and Jade. They’re a real asset to the club and the effort all of the backroom team put in is a different class. Also, all of the committee play a big part in the club and without them, we wouldn’t have the club we have today. Our committee is small in comparison to other clubs but everyone gets mucked in so big thanks to them all. I’d like to thank our owner Gordon Deuchars for his continued support and to Sean Donaldson who has stepped into the role of club president, Sean puts in a power of work behind the scenes that goes unnoticed but it’s hugely appreciated by me and everyone at the club. Alan Suttie has come in as vice president and has also done an excellent job getting mucked in. Lastly, I’d like to thank all of our sponsors at the club for their continued support through last season and we look forward to working with them all next season.
We’re ambitious here at Broughty and I want to improve again next season, we will have targets for where we want to be and we know where we need to improve. Since the last game of the season, we have been working behind the scenes in trying to add quality to our squad. We have the nucleus of the squad tied up for next season with hopefully some new signings in the near future that will add to the squad. Some players will move on but that’s just football, players come and go but I’m hoping players want to come here and be a part of an exciting club who try to be as professional as we can.
We have an intense pre-season schedule and have only five or six sessions before our first friendly game away to Dunbar United on the 15th July, we start back on the 4th of July for training and we all need to be ready to hit the ground running…”